Recommend to the Board of Governors the appointment of members to fill openings on state-wide boards, committees and commissions. Achieve a "balance" in all appointments as they relate to each voluntary professional activity, i.e., age, gender, geography, ethnicity, area of practice. Time Commitment: The Committee meets approximately 7 times per year, usually for 2 hours.
The Committee and the Board of Governors consider all aspects of diversity in their recommendations and appointments.
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Professional Volunteer Opportunities (see below)
The State Bar Appointments Committee is currently accepting applications from Active Members to fill the following upcoming vacancies. Application forms are due at the State Bar office by the deadlines noted and can be obtained by contacting Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org or calling 602.340.7201. Click on the link below to download an attorney (or non-attorney public member) application form.
The Standing Appointments Committee and the Board of Governors consider all aspects of diversity in their recommendations and appointments.
Attorney Application Form here.
Non-Attorney Public Member Application Form here.
The Board of Governors will address openings on the following entities during 2023-2024:
• American Bar Association House of Delegates
• Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness
• Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations
• City of Peoria Judicial and Public Defender Advisory Board
• City of Phoenix Judicial Selection Advisory Board
• City of Tempe Judicial Advisory Board
• Client Protection Fund Board of Trustees
• Community Legal Services Board of Directors
• State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors – Non-Lawyer Member
• State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization – Lawyer (Specialists and Non-Specialists) and Non-Lawyer Members
The Board of Governors' Special Constitutional Appointments Committee recruits and screens applicants for the following judicial nominating commissions (go to https://www.azbar.org/about-us/board-of-governors/board-committees/special-constitutional-appointments-committee/):
• Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments
• Coconino County Commission on Trial Court Appointments
• Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments
• Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments
• Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments
For more information about these professional volunteer positions, contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org or call 602.340.7201.
Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct - Application Deadline Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Purpose: This 11-member Commission (six judicial members appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court; three non-lawyer public members appointed by the Governor; and two State Bar members appointed by the Board of Governors) investigates complaints about alleged unethical conduct by Arizona judges and prosecutes and resolves formal charges of alleged judicial misconduct. Additional information regarding the Commission may be found at Article 6.1 of the Constitution of the State of Arizona and on the Commission’s website at www.azcourts.gov/azcjc.
Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Per policy, applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. Applicants must be admitted to practice law before the Arizona Supreme Court for not less than five years. The Commission meets in-person in Phoenix four times per year and holds telephonic meetings three times per year. Commission members also review weekly consent agendas and serve on investigative panels and formal hearing panels.
Openings: One appointment will be made by the State Bar’s Board of Governors.
Term: Fill an unexpired term through December 2028.
City of Phoenix Judicial Selection Advisory Board - Application Deadline EXTENDED to Friday, October 25, 2023
Purpose: The Judicial Selection Advisory Board (JSAB): 1) seeks out and encourages qualified individuals to apply for the office of judge of the City Court or the City of Phoenix Ethics Commission; 2) conducts investigations into the background and qualifications of City judicial and Commission candidates; 3) submits its recommendations for appointment or reappointment of City judicial and Commission candidates to the Mayor, who thereafter shall convene the City Council for the purpose of interviewing all candidates. When making its recommendations the JSAB shall consider the diversity of the City’s population; however, the primary consideration shall be merit.
Openings: One. The Board of Governors is asked to submit three nominations to the Mayor of Phoenix for the JSAB opening. In addition to one active member of the State Bar, the other JSAB members are the Presiding Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court (or designee), an Appellate Court Judge, and the following who reside in the City of Phoenix -- a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association and three public members who are not City employees.
Criteria/Qualifications: Applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona and reside in the City of Phoenix. Per policy, judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. JSAB members serve without salary or compensation.
Term: Three years beginning November 2023. The JSAB meets once per year or as necessary.
Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review - Application Deadline Friday, October 20, 2023
Purpose: Judicial Performance Evaluation
In 1992 Arizona voters amended the state Constitution to create a process for evaluating the performance of judges appointed through merit selection. The Constitution requires that the performance evaluation process include input from the public and that judicial performance reports be given to the voters before the state's general election. The Commission on Judicial Performance Review (JPR Commission) was created to conduct the periodic performance reviews of appointed judges required by the Constitution. The JPR Commission works under procedures adopted by the Supreme Court and sets standards for judicial performance including whether judges can apply the law fairly, treat people with respect and manage a courtroom.
Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Must be an Active Member of the State Bar of Arizona who resides in Coconino County.
Openings: One appointment will be made by the Arizona Supreme Court. The Supreme Court seeks people with outstanding competence and reputation and who are also sensitive to the needs of and held in high esteem by the communities in which they serve.
Term: Four years - January 2024 through December 2027.
Blanca Moreno Calles
JNC/JPR Program Manager